It can be difficult to define child abuse. Every state has its abuse laws. These laws define what constitutes abuse. Child Welfare Information Gateway provides this information. You will need to know how child abuse is defined in your state and the state where your child lives. There are four types:

1. Emotional abuse: This is the most prevalent type of child abuse. There are many types of emotional abuse towards a child. Emotional abuse can include abandonment, rejection, verbal attacks and aggressive parenting styles.

2. Neglect: A range of circumstances in which a caregiver or parent fails to provide adequate care for a child’s health and well-being. My belief has been that child abuse can include all forms of abuse.

You are not considering the psychological damage that is yelling and screaming at children can cause. You violate a child’s rights to a safe place and from being beaten. However, neglect is defined by the courts as the inability to meet the child’s basic needs. The courts will consider a child “neglected” if a parent fails to provide food, housing or access to medical care.

3. Physical Abuse: This one doesn’t need any definition. It is difficult to know what constitutes physical abuse. It is against the law to hit, slap or cause any pain to a child. The same laws cover it as “domestic abuse.” Family Court will accept physical abuse.

4. Sexual Abuse: A situation in which an adult, or another child, engages in sexual acts with a minor or exposes them to inappropriate sexual material or behaviour is considered abusive. Sexual abuse can occur regardless of whether the child is in contact with another child or adult.

If a mother engages sexually in the presence of her children, it is considered sexual abuse. To be considered a father, he doesn’t need to touch a child sexually. His minor child may be encouraged to look at porn online or engage in discussions about sex inappropriate for their age.

You should take your child to the doctor if your child displays unusual behaviour, desires to have sex with someone younger than them, or exhibits bruises and abrasions not easily explained.

The Courts Should Prove Child Abuse

Documenting everything is the first step in proving that your child has been abused. You should take pictures and videos of any unusual behaviour or bruises you notice. Keep a log and note every suspicious incident. Every doctor that you see should have access to this information, as well as the court. It is important to hire an attorney who is willing and able to fight for your child to prove abuse or modify a custody arrangement.

Imminent Danger

If you feel that your child is at immediate risk of being hurt, the court will refer to it as “imminent Danger”. For example, if your child arrives home with a black eye from the mother, you are in “imminent threat” of him being hit again when he returns home.

An attorney is needed to represent you and your child in such situations. You can file an emergency ex parte petition with the courts to request an immediate change of custody. The court will be convinced if there are photos of the injury, a report from a doctor, statements by the child, and any witnesses to the abuse, that the child is not safe in the custody home.

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